1. Get Active
Incorporating regular physical activity, especially walking, into your daily lifestyle provides a myriad of benefits from a healthier heart to better sleep.
2. Control Your Cholesterol
Higher blood cholesterol levels are directly linked to clogged arteries and poor cardiovascular health.
3. Choose a Healthier Diet
Colorful fruits and vegetables, filling whole grains, and muscle-building lean proteins are the backbone of a heart healthy diet.
4. Manage Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead directly to a number of deadly cardiovascular problems. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco products can help you control your blood pressure without the need for medications.
5. Lose Weight
If ever there was a miracle cure for heart health, losing weight would be it. By reducing the amount of fat you carry on your body, your cardiovascular system, lungs, and bones will be under less strain.
6. Reduce Blood Sugar
Heart disease and diabetes are intimately linked. In fact, the AHA identifies diabetes as a controllable risk factor for cardiovascular disorders. Controlling blood sugar can prevent diabetes and help you live a healthier life.
7. Stop Smoking
Smoking cigarettes sets the stage for a shorter life marked by bad health. Linked directly to nearly every life-threatening cardiovascular disease, including strokes, heart attacks, and aneurysms, smoking is entirely preventable. It’s also a tough habit to break. Having a plan and the right support can help you quit and quitting is the best possible decision you could make.
Please visit the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 Action Plan page to learn more and develop your own strategy for better healthy heart.
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